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Fellow part of BBC Radio 4 series

Dr Renaud Morieux, College Fellow and Senior Lecturer in History, is part of the new BBC Radio 4 series The Channel, examining how the English Channel has affected British identity through time.

Broadcast for the first time today, and available to listen to online, Dr Morieux's fifteen minute episode is entitled The Shared Sea. It explores where in The Channel England ends and France begins - examining how peace, conflict and trade has been influenced by this understanding over centuries.

Dr Morieux is the author of The Channel: England, France, and the Construction of a Maritime Border in the Eighteenth Century (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2016). The book won the American Historical Association’s 2017 Leo Gershoy Award, presented to the author of the most outstanding work published in English on any aspect of 17th- and 18th-century European history. It offers a fascinating insight into the history of the ‘English’ Channel during the 18th century and tackles some of the big questions about identity and sovereignty that continue to be pertinent today.